- Lwando Melamane struggled with his grade 10 studies
- He managed to turn things around and obtained 6 distinctions
- UCT has accepted him to study mechanical engineering
When Lwando Melamane was in grade 10, he wasn't doing well in his studies. In an inspiring turnaround however, he ended up as his school's top matric achiever.
The brilliant student from Masiphumelele High School in Cape Town shared his story with GroundUp recently.
He was raised by a single mom and they lived in a two-room shack next to a tavern.
To study better, he had to move in with his uncle in a quieter area of Masiphumelele away from the tavern's noise.
Although Lwando didn't like living away from his mom, he managed to focus more on his studies. He ended up scoring an impressive six distinctions, Briefly.co.za learned.
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has accepted Lwando to study mechanical engineering — and he's looking forward to it. He said:
Mechanical engineering is my first love. It is what I have always wanted and to be accepted at one of best universities in the country is a dream come true.
Lwando's classmate and study partner, Aphinda Jabe, scored four distinctions. UCT has accepted her for chemical engineering. She said:
I am very happy that my hard work paid off I want to make something of myself and my marks give me the opportunity to do that.
I can now became what I want to be. I always wanted to make medicine and create something that will improve other people’s lives.
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